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Elementary & Middle School

How Do You Teach Civics to Young Kids?

We are asked that all the time, yet we firmly believe that students as young as 7 years-old have the ability to understand civics. 

The Constitutional Democracy Project invests young people in our democracy -- bringing civics to life for students and teachers. Our hands-on programs get students excited about real constitutional issues in ways a textbook just can’t.

The Constitutional Democracy Project helps students understand their rights and discover their own role in American society.

Constitutional Democracy Project's Programs Help Students:

  • Understand their rights and the rights of others
  • Appreciate different points of view
  • Influence public policy
  • Use evidence to support their arguments
  • Gain confidence
  • Treat others with civility and respect
  • Resolve conflicts
  • Work together to solve problems
  • Speak on public issues
  • Formulate their own opinions


If you are a Chicago Public School teacher of 4th - 8th grade students and would like to get involved in either the ABC Project or We the People programs, please contact Dee Runaas for more information.

Our Impact

  • Student Participants


  • Teachers


  • Volunteers


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